Surgical Resection for Postcricoid Carcinoma

  • D. F. N. Harrison


The hypopharynx is generally accepted as extending from the free margin of the epiglottis to the lower border of the cricoid cartilage. A horizontal line drawn at the level of the hyoid bone marks the superior border, whilst in the adult the lower border of the cricoid cartilage lies approximately at the sixth cervical vertebra. The cervical oesophagus extends from this point to the thoracic inlet and varies in length depending upon the position of the larynx. Whilst the lumen of the hypopharynx is cone-shaped superiorly, it becomes more narrow in the postcricoid region extending into the oesophagus, which from an oncological viewpoint is merely an extension of the hypopharynx.


Cricoid Cartilage Posterior Pharyngeal Wall Hypopharyngeal Cancer Oesophageal Carcinoma Colon Interposition 
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